My kids are very particular about the texture of food. Khichdi, dalia and porridge is something that they refuse to eat(though I try to feed them khichdi once or twice in a fortnight). As a kid, I never liked dalia, so my kids refusing it understandable. But having heard so many good things about it, and my nutritionist suggesting it to me to keep my weight in check, I started making different variations of dalia and ended up making dalia tikkis.
Made with superfood Dalia and lots of veggies, this patty or tikki will keep you full for hours and induces a feeling of satiety thereby helping in preventing bingeing into other fattening foods. It Keeps your weight in check, is extremely nutritious and so tasty that kids love it too.
🔸1 cup cooked and dalia
🔸1 big sized boiled and mashed potato
🔸 1/2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
🔸 1/4 tablespoon each of aamchur or dry mango powder, garam masala powder
🔸 Salt to taste
🔸2 tablespoon finely chopped spinach leaves
🔸2 tablespoon grated carrots
🔸1/4 cup besan or chickpea flour
1. Cook the dalia by soaking it in hot water for one hour or pressure cook it to 2 whistles. The dalia should be cooked properly. Squeeze out the water of Dalia once cooked.
2. In a bowl, add boiled mashed potato, cooked dalia, ginger garlic paste and season it with aamchur powder, garam masala powder and salt.
3. Add chopped spinach leaves and grated carrots and besan. Mix everything together. Make sure the mixture is of dough like consistency and is not sticky. If you find it sticky, add more besan to adjust the consistency.
4. Shape the dalia and vegetable mixture into tikkis.
5. In a frying pan, heat oil and shallow fry the tikki till golden brown on both sides. You can bake it in microwave as well.
These tikkis are rich in nutrients with high carbs, low glycemic index and full of fibre. It is a great snack for kids. To make it more flavourful, you can add grated vegetables of your choice. Relish these Dalia Veggie tikkis with ketchup or chutney. It also serves as a great tiffin snack and I sometimes carry it along for our park visits where kids and I can have a mini picnic. To watch the preparation process, checkout my Instagram page @teenycookbook.